|Offense||1st||108.9 (16th)||317.1 (1st)|
|Defense||27th||101.6 (14th)||273.8 (32nd)|
|Allen, Jack||C||6-2||296||9/24/1992||1||Michigan State|
|72||Armstead, Terron||T||6-5||304||7/23/1991||5||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|37||Banjo, Chris||CB||5-10||207||2/26/1990||4||Southern Methodist|
|97||Barrington, Sam (FA)||LB||6-1||240||10/5/1990||5||South Florida|
|48||Bell, Vonn||SS||5-11||205||12/12/1994||2||Ohio State|
|Bighill, Adam||LB||5-10||230||10/16/1988||R||Central Washington|
|40||Breaux, Delvin||CB||6-1||196||10/25/1989||3||Louisiana State|
|Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||203||5/12/1987||7||South Carolina State|
|31||Byrd, Jairus (FA)||FS||5-10||203||10/7/1986||9||Oregon|
|38||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||6||Appalachian State|
|39||Calhoun, Taveze||CB||6-1||188||12/26/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|95||Davison, Tyeler||DT||6-2||309||9/23/1992||3||Fresno State|
|47||Drescher, Justin (FA)||LS||6-1||235||1/1/1988||8||Colorado|
|Dural, Travin||WR||6-1||206||11/19/1993||R||Louisiana State|
|11||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||4||Virginia Tech|
|79||Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|Ginn, Ted||WR||5-11||180||4/12/1985||11||Ohio State|
|Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|45||Griffin, Garrett||TE||6-4||240||3/4/1994||1||Air Force|
|58||Gwacham, Obum||DE||6-5||246||3/20/1991||3||Oregon State|
|Harbor, Clay||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||8||Missouri State|
|41||Harper, Roman (FA)||SS||6-1||205||12/11/1982||12||Alabama|
|30||Harris, Erik||DB||6-3||225||4/2/1990||2||California (PA)|
|21||Harris, De'Vante||CB||5-11||190||6/30/1994||2||Texas A&M|
|Harris, Bryce||T||6-6||300||1/16/1989||6||Fresno State|
|Hendrickson, Trey||DE||6-4||270||12/5/1994||R||Florida Atlantic|
|89||Hill, Josh||TE||6-5||250||5/21/1990||5||Idaho State|
|Hills, Tony (FA)||T||6-5||304||11/4/1984||9||Texas|
|Iddings, Drew||G||6-5||290||3/16/1993||R||South Dakota|
|49||Keo, Shiloh (FA)||DB||5-11||208||12/17/1987||6||Idaho|
|Klein, A.J.||LB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||5||Iowa State|
|Kruger, Paul (FA)||DE||6-4||270||2/15/1986||9||Utah|
|19||Lampman, Jake||WR||6-0||205||6/11/1993||2||Ferris State|
|Lattimore, Marshon||CB||6-0||192||5/19/1996||R||Ohio State|
|LeRibeus, Josh||G||6-2||310||7/2/1989||5||Southern Methodist|
|Lee, Cameron||G||6-5||312||12/28/1993||R||Illinois State|
|87||Lewis, Tommylee||WR||5-7||168||10/24/1992||2||Northern Illinois|
|3||Lutz, Wil||K||5-11||184||7/7/1994||2||Georgia State|
|Mabry, Ashaad||DT||6-3||315||11/4/1992||1||Texas-San Antonio|
|56||Mauti, Michael (FA)||OLB||6-2||243||1/19/1990||5||Penn State|
|7||McCown, Luke (FA)||QB||6-4||217||7/12/1981||14||Louisiana Tech|
|24||Moore, Sterling||CB||5-10||202||2/3/1990||7||Southern Methodist|
|6||Morstead, Thomas||P||6-4||235||3/8/1986||9||Southern Methodist|
|Muhammad, Al-Quadin||DE||6-3||253||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|93||Onyemata, David||DT||6-3||300||11/13/1992||2||Manitoba (Canada)|
|52||Robertson, Craig||OLB||6-1||234||2/11/1988||6||North Texas|
|33||Sanford, Jamarca (FA)||SS||5-10||200||8/27/1985||9||Mississippi|
|83||Snead, Willie||WR||5-11||195||10/17/1992||3||Ball State|
|Stoneburner, Jake (FA)||TE||6-3||261||8/25/1989||3||Ohio State|
|54||Stupar, Nate||ILB||6-2||240||3/14/1988||5||Penn State|
|55||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||12||Virginia Tech|
|Tautu, Sae||LB||6-3||245||6/30/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|Te'o, Manti||LB||6-1||241||1/26/1991||5||Notre Dame|
|Thomas, Justin||DB||5-11||179||3/15/1994||R||Georgia Tech|
|13||Thomas, Michael||WR||6-3||212||3/3/1993||2||Ohio State|
|Tom, Cameron||C||6-4||289||6/21/1995||R||Southern Mississippi|
|57||Trusnik, Jason (FA)||LB||6-4||252||6/6/1984||10||Ohio Northern|
|78||Turner, Landon||G||6-3||325||5/15/1993||2||North Carolina|
|Williams, Jordan||WR||6-3||228||5/9/1994||1||Ball State|
|25||Williams, P.J.||CB||6-0||196||6/1/1993||3||Florida State|
|24||Wilson, Kyle (FA)||DB||5-10||190||9/8/1987||8||Boise State|
|Zimmer, Justin||DT||6-3||292||10/23/1992||1||Ferris State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Davison started 15 games at nose tackle for the Saints this season and logged the second-most snaps out of any defensive tackle in the league. However, he reportedly played through a torn labrum -- in addition to a separate foot injury -- since Week 4. Assuming the procedure goes well Thursday, Davison should be ready to go in time for the start of offseason activities.
Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.
Despite being 30 years old, Harbor participated in the Saints' rookie minicamp over the weekend and flashed enough to land a contract. However, he enters a crowded tight end corps and will need to earn himself a roster spot ahead of the regular season opener.
Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, the Saints signed Kruger -- only two years removed from a 11-sack season in Cleveland -- a few days before the start of the season. While Kruger served as a useful real-life starter opposite Cameron Jordan, the veteran defensive end did little to warrant the attention of fantasy owners. A free agent this offseason, Kruger could still return to New Orleans, though the team will likely look to draft a young pass rusher even if he re-signs. Regardless, with only four total sacks over his last two seasons, Kruger is unlikely to be a contributor to fantasy teams in 2017 no matter where he lands this offseason.
Breaux was only able to play in six games this season due to a broken fibula and now a shoulder problem. He recorded 21 tackles and one pass deflection when available. Expect B.W. Webb and Ken Crawley to see more snaps in his absence.
This move is more so a formality with Crawley already expected to be out of commission for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a dislocated kneecap. Taveze Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday in Crawley's place.
Loewen signed with Saints in May as an undrafted free agent, but was spotted wearing a walking boot on his foot later that month. Ultimately, he was waived and placed on the non-football injury list. Loewen will look to secure a 53-man roster spot during the 2017 preaseason.
Jordan's 7.5-sack season may appear underwhelming at first glance, but his low sack total does not tell the whole story. Rather, the two-time Pro Bowler quietly excelled as both a pass rusher and run defender in 2016. His 58 tackles ranked seventh in the NFL among defensive ends, and Jordan tied for the NFL lead with 16 tackles for loss. He also ranked in the top 10 with 21 quarterback hits and five batted passes. In fact, the scouting service Pro Football Focus consistently ranked Jordan among the top edge rushers in the NFL all season. Jordan is still in his prime -- he will be 28 years old in July -- and should be one of the top defensive ends off the board in IDP leagues next season.
A week after making a diving interception, Stupar again made the most of his opportunities. With James Laurinaitis (quadriceps) being placed in Injured Reserve and Dannell Ellerbe (quadriceps) suffering a setback in his injury recovery, Stupar should continue to see significant playing time and he has quietly averaged seven tackles per games over the Saints' last five contests. He's worth a look in many IDP leagues.
Williams, who is listed at 6-2, 216 pounds, played at Ball State and joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent last season. He spent time in training camp with the Saints before signing with the practice squad in September 2016. Williams will compete for a roster spot next season but is not expected to be a fantasy contributor.
Mauti is currently a free agent and is progressing through his recovery, but he has remained in touch with the Saints while he continues to gain weight in hopes of returning to his usual playing weight. He's still limited in terms of physical activity, but he's expecting to resume full training sometime in May.
Lasco was one of the last players to claim a roster spot out of training camp, but the seventh-round draft pick was limited by injuries during much of his rookie campaign and had only minimal offensive impact. Still, the ultra-athletic running back remains an intriguing dynasty prospect. Starter Mark Ingram will almost certainly return in 2017, but both Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet will be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could open the door for Lasco to play a larger role in the Saints offense next season.
A seventh-round pick by the Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barrington spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, before signing with the Chiefs at the start of the 2016 campaign. However, he only took the field for two games with the Chiefs before being waived, as the team had more pressing needs and Barrington was unable to impress in limited action. That said, the Saints needed some additional help at middle linebacker with James Laurinaitis (quad) heading to IR, so look for Barrington to offer some much needed depth.
Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1, but the rookie's role quickly grew and he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4. Byrd is a potential cap casualty this offseason, but even if he returns to New Orleans, Bell should return as the starter in 2017.
Gwacham is a raw, developmental athlete who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round out of Oregon State last year. He signed with the Saints after being waived by the Seahawks at the end of the 2015 preseason, and appeared in nine games for New Orleans, recording eight tackles, two forced fumbles and two and a half sacks. It's possible that the Saints will sign a veteran free agent to replace Kikaha, but Gwacham is an intriguing young talent who could make some noise in IDP leagues if he is able to secure the starting defensive end job opposite Cameron Jordan.
The Saints surrendered a 2018 second-round pick to move up for Kamara, who caught 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns last season at the University of Tennessee while serving as the lightning to Jalen Hurd's thunder. The team made far less of an investment in Cadet, who re-signed on a one-year contract with a signing bonus of only $80,000. While he'll likely get a shot to retain his pass-catching role, Cadet could find himself on the wrong side of the roster bubble if Kamara impresses during training camp and the preseason. Kamara, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are locks for the final roster, potentially leaving Cadet to compete with Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy for a spot that could be decided on the basis of special teams value.
Grayson was the Saints' third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he spent the past season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Colorado State has not developed as quickly as the Saints have hoped, and he will presumably be given one last chance to earn a roster spot as Drew Brees' backup next season.
Despite his production on the field, Byrd's price tag ultimately became too big of a burden for the Saints. The eight-year vet was slated to earn $7.9 million this year and $22.9 million over the next three years. Byrd tallied 82 tackles in 2016, but with the emergence of Von Bell in the secondary, New Orleans decided to part ways with the 30-year-old sooner rather than later.
Klein was expected to sign with the Saints, but had to wait until the new league year began on Thursday to make the deal official. Klein backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers and will now be looking for a larger role in New Orleans. The Saints were a middle-of-the-pack rushing defense in 2016 and will look to Klein to provide a run-stuffing threat in the middle of the defense.
Looking to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in September, the 26-year-old linebacker will join a Saints defense that seemingly has bigger issues than its linebacking corps. While there appears to be ample competition at the position, the Saints don't have any proven standout performers, which means Te'o should at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. He started 34 of his 38 games during a four-year run in San Diego, with injuries limiting him to 13 or fewer appearances each season, though he still averaged 5.8 tackles per game.
Brees celebrated his 38th birthday two weeks after the end of the 2016 season -- a campaign in which he threw for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns. There was talk of his decline early in the 2015 season, but he 's since proven beyond a shadow of doubt that he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. As always, the Saints are looking to rebuild their defense in the offseason, hoping to put a competitive roster around Brees for the first time since 2013. The team did trade wideout Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, but with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead joined out wide by free-agent signing Tedd Ginn, the 38-year-old quarterback shouldn't have any trouble finding open receivers. He should have at least two or three more years left in the tank, assuming he wants to keep playing.
Lawrence spent time with the Jaguars practice squad in 2016 but he never managed to see any game action. He'll look to secure a spot at the bottom of the Saints' receiving depth chart in 2017.
Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.
Calhoun hasn't played a professional snap, but that could change Sunday against the Falcons since the Saints are dealing with a hefty amount of injuries to their secondary. The rookie received the promotion because Ken Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Coleman will stay in New Orleans through the 2017 season. The third-year wideout was relatively quiet in the passing game last year, recording 26 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Coleman was more valuable in the rushing game, where he served, and will continue to serve, as one of New Orleans' best run-blocking wide receivers.
In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.
Moore will remain in New Orleans, where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions through 13 games last season. He'll likely compete with Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for a starting gig at cornerback.
Fairley was signed to a one-year deal with New Orleans last season and he produced career-highs with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks. His deal locks him up with the team through his age 33 season. Expect Fairley to start along the Saints defensive line once again in 2017.
Players often add significant muscle mass during their first full offseason in an NFL strength program, and it seems the 6-foot-3 Thomas has filled out his frame to what's essentially the ideal size for a wide receiver. Coming off one of the most productive campaigns by a rookie pass catcher in league history, Thomas is locked in as the top option in a prolific aerial attack that downgraded from Brandin Cooks to Ted Ginn on the opposite side. While the team may try to run more often after adding Adrian Peterson to the backfield, Thomas and Willie Snead shouldn't lack for targets in an offense that's attempted 650 or more passes in each of the last seven seasons. Even if the Saints drop that number closer to 600, as they presumably hope to, Thomas should have a high enough target share to ensure that volume isn't a problem.
Phillips was claimed by the Saints in November of 2016 after being released by the Broncos. In eight appearances with the team, he recorded five catches for 32 yards. He'll look to build on that performance as he continues in his role as a depth tight end in 2017.
In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.
In his first season in New Orleans, Robertson surprisingly led the Saints in tackles, starting at outside linebacker to start the year while Dannell Ellerbe was hurt and later at middle linebacker when James Laurinaitis succumbed to injury. Robertson's production waned at the end of the season, perhaps as a result of a nagging shoulder injury, but the versatile linebacker is under contract for the next two seasons and should compete for a starting role in 2017.
Swann took a trip to Philadelphia two days ago to have an undisclosed injury evaluated. It's relatively unknown what the 23-year-old is dealing with, but there is some speculation that it could be a muscle-induced injury. Swann was expected to serve as a depth corner for the Saints in 2016. Cortland Finnegan and Brian Dixon are likely to see a boost in playing time during his absence.
Eventually willing to lower his asking price, Peterson likely was enticed by the idea of playing with Drew Brees, as the 32-year-old running back has spent most of his career stuck alongside mediocre or sub-par quarterbacks. While the New Orleans offense does provide ample scoring opportunities, Peterson will have to compete against Mark Ingram for carries, with Travaris Cadet likely chipping in on passing downs. This isn't an ideal situation for Peterson in terms of expected workload, but he could thrive on a per-carry basis as part of a New Orleans offense led by Brees, Ingram and wideouts Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The Saints allotted 133 carries and 26 targets to last year's backup running back, Tim Hightower, even though Ingram didn't miss any games. Ingram did sit out at least three games, but no more than five, in each of the previous three years. Peterson should be back to full health before training camp -- if he isn't already -- coming off a season in which a torn meniscus and an adductor strain limited him to only 37 carries for 72 yards in three games.
Williams' problems with a concussion saw him placed on injured reserve after playing just two games last season. After that extended period of rest, the 23-year-old has thankfully rid himself of any symptoms, thus clearing him to rejoin his teammates to start this offseason. As it stands, Williams is projected to start at cornerback for the Saints, but it'd be shocking if the team didn't add competition at the position before training camp kicks off.
Fuller will take a seat for the second time in the two weeks since he joined the Saints. The usual foursome of Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman will serve as Drew Brees' top wideout targets.
The placement on IR spells the end of a disappointing season for Anthony, who logged just 16 tackles in 10 games after turning in a 112-tackle rookie campaign. Coach Sean Payton indicated that Anthony needed to make significant improvement with his read and recognition skills in order to challenge for a starting role in 2017, so he'll face some pressure entering training camp next fall.
It sounds like Ginn will have a spot on the outside across from Michael Thomas in three-wide formations, with Willie Snead manning the slot. The plan could change if the Saints use a high draft pick on a receiver, but the team is expected to go defense-heavy in the early rounds. In addition to his key role in the offense, Ginn likely will be in the mix for punt and/or kick return duties, an area in which he provided much value earlier in his career. Although he'll celebrate his 32nd birthday prior to the 2017 draft, Ginn is still one of the fastest receivers in the league, and he's become more of a threat on offense over the past few seasons.
Harris, who spent the prior three years in the Canadian Football League, earned a roster spot with New Orleans last year but appeared in only four games, netting one tackle before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Even if Harris is able to return from injury at full strength, he will have to compete for a roster spot at a crowded safety position.
The veteran tight end missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury, which he suffered during the Saints' third preseason game. It appears that having the last seven months off has provided ample recovery time for Hoomanawanui, who logged 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns in his last healthy campaign with the Saints in 2015. He'll likely offer most of his impact as a blocker if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp this fall.
Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.
Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, starting four games and playing the remaining 12 as the team's No. 3 safety. He recorded 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans defense.
Both the 2009 and 2011 teams finished sixth in the league in rushing, but head coach Sean Payton's three-man committees were a nightmare for fantasy owners, with no Saints running back scoring more than six touchdowns or rushing for 800 yards. This year, it is expected that Ingram and Peterson will serve as the more traditional running backs, running between the tackles, while Kamara will compete with Travaris Cadet to be the third-down or satellite back. However, it is still unclear how the touches between the backs will be divided. After rushing for a career-high 1,043 yards and scoring ten total touchdowns, Ingram is likely to see the most snaps given his familiarity with the Saints' system, but he will undoubtedly lose carries to Peterson and receptions to Kamara or Cadet, hampering his value.
Anzalone is a bit of a durability worry, but when healthy he was a standout contributor on Florida's dominant defense. He's a very good athlete at the least, running a 4.63-second 40 at 6-foot-3, 241 pounds. He's not necessarily likely to start as a rookie, but the Saints are weak enough at linebacker that it shouldn't be ruled out.
Lewis made the Saints' final 53-man roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois. Although he's listed at only five-foot-seven, Lewis is an explosive athlete who lined up all over the field for the Saints. He particularly excelled as a returner, averaging over 11 yards per punt return and 19 yards per kickoff return. Lewis faces an uphill battle for playing time due to a crowded wide receiver depth chart, but the diminutive dynamo should enter the offseason as the favorite to return kicks for the Saints in 2017.
Keo, who operated near-exclusively on special teams last season, re-signed with the Saints on a one-year deal back in March at the veteran minimum. Fortunately, the five-year veteran still has plenty of time to land another contract before team training camps start up in late July.
The writing is probably on the wall for Murphy, the Saints' seventh-round draft pick in 2015, who was last seen fumbling a kickoff out of bounds at the one-yard line in Week 11 last season. Murphy showed some flashes in the return game, but he is unlikely to return to New Orleans in 2017.
Trusnik will provide the Saints with some depth at outside linebacker, but he's expected to make his biggest impact with New Orleans' special teams units. The 32-year-old has been out of the NFL this season after appearing in eight games with the Vikings in 2015.
Snead rejoined his teammates, despite not having signed his exclusive-rights tender, which would earn him only $615,000 this season. After catching 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons since entering the league, he's clearly more valuable than that -- especially to the Saints, who traded wideout Brandin Cooks this offseason. With that in mind, Snead has decided to show faith in the belief he and New Orleans can reach a long-term deal in the near future, thus making any holdout from team activities unnecessary.
Rankins, who suffered a leg injury during training camp this season, spent half of the season on the sideline, but was able to return to the field in Week 9. In nine games with the team, the first-round pick notched 20 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. He'll now turn his focus to returning from the Achilles injury in time for offseason workouts.
Vaccaro has been suspended for four games and decided to serve the suspension immedietly rather than fight it to avoid it possibly carrying over to next season. If the Saints manage to make the playoffs he'll be eligible to play then. Vaccaro will wrap up the regular season with 51 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack in 11 games played.
Therezie had spent the last two seasons with the Falcons, recording 26 tackles in 25 games.
Daniel was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, just one year into a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. His deal with New Orleans is believed to be for just one season. He'll compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for the top backup position behind starting quarterback Drew Brees.
McCown became expendable following the Saints' offseason signing of Chase Daniel, who will serve as the top backup to Drew Brees during the upcoming season. With Brees starting every game in 2016, McCown failed to see the field. The 35-year-old will look to find a home elsewhere as a depth option.
Stoneburner signed a reserve/future contract with the team following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Prior to the that, he was signed to the team's practice squad due to a rash of injuries at the position. The Ohio State product entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. Along with the Saints, he has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins, and Rams.
Kuhn, who will turn 35 at the beginning of the upcoming season, is returning to New Orleans for at least one more season. The veteran fullback totaled 37 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to go along with 16 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the team. He doesn't receive a ton of touches, but has solidified himself as goal line threat and safety blanket for Drew Brees, which does raise his fantasy value for deeper leagues.
Lutz capped an eventful rookie season by making 33 consecutive successful kicks -- 13 field goals and 20 extra points -- which came came on the heels of a stretch that included two blocks returned for scores, including the game-deciding points in a loss to the Broncos. Backed by the Saints' high-powered offense, which led the league in yards per game and was second in scoring, Lutz finished fifth among kickers in total scoring in 2016. With a booming leg and, presumably, another year with quarterback Drew Brees at the helm of the offense, Lutz should again be a fantasy asset in 2017.
Williams was a ballhawk on a tough Utah defense, finishing 2016 with five interceptions. He went on to show well at the Combine, running a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, adding a 43.5-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump. He might not play much as a rookie with Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell already at safety in New Orleans.
Payton explained that with both Mark Ingram and the recently signed Adrian Peterson in the fold, New Orleans was not looking to draft another "pure running back." Rather, the team sought a player that could fit a pass-catching role similar to the one once occupied by Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles in some of Payton's most dynamic offenses. At 5-foot-10, 215-pounds, Kamara doesn't have the build of a traditional starting running back, but he flashed explosive skills in college and impressed Payton during workouts with his route-running ability and receiving chops. While it's probably unrealistic to expect Kamara to post Bush- or Sproles-like production -- Bush caught 88 passes as a rookie in 2006 and Sproles caught 86, 75 and 71 passes in his three seasons with the Saints from 2011-13 -- the rookie should at least beat out incumbent third-down running back Travaris Cadet for a part-time role as pass-catching back and hurry-up specialist.
Kikaha missed all of last season after suffering his third torn ACL since starting college at Washington in 2010. That unfortunate occurrence followed an impressive rookie campaign in which Kikaha finished with 52 tackles, four sacks, and four fumbles forced. Although the Saints will rightfully be cautious with Kikaha going forward, having him participate in offseason workouts represents the first step in ensuring he returns to the fold this season.
Feeney was a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for the Steelers, and has spent a majority of the season on their practice squad. He'll provide depth at linebacker in New Orleans, but he doesn't figure to have much IDP relevance at this point.
Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener ultimately struggled with the same kind of inconsistency that plagued him throughout his four-year stint in Indianapolis. His mark of 12.6 yards per reception was strong for his position, but he only scored four total touchdowns while catching 50 of 82 targets (61 percent), which is far below expectations for the top tight end in a Drew Brees offense. Perhaps most discouraging, Fleener was a total non-factor toward the end of the season, catching eight passes for 84 yards over the final four weeks. It's reasonable to expect some improvement in his second year in the New Orleans attack, but Fleener has never been particularly efficient on a per-target basis, despite benefiting from strong quarterback play throughout his career.
Iddings showed up to the Saints' rookie minicamp as a defensive end last weekend, but the release of OL Collin Buchanan prompted the Saints to experiment with Iddings on the offensive side of the ball. He evidently impressed enough natural talent to earn a contract as an offensive guard.
Tapp will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. In 2016, his first year with New Orleans, Tapp played in all 16 games, recording 17 tackles, including 0.5 sacks. He'll likely be a backup player once again in the upcoming campaign.
Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.
This is in stark contrast to recent reports from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Unger would be on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of the regular season after undergoing foot surgery last weekend. Unger's return to action prior to the regular season commencing would be a huge turn of events for the Saints, as he is a leader along the offensive line and they lack depth along the interior portion of their front five.
Okafor spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. He recorded 13 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2016, and should provide needed help for the Saints at defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan. It is still possible that New Orleans will draft a defensive end with one of its two first-round picks in this year's draft, so it remains to be seen what Okafor's exact role will be this coming season.
The Saints got lucky here, snagging the draft's top cornerback prospect at anywhere from eight to six spots later than he was almost universally expected to go. Their pass defense could certainly use some help, and now they get the best they could have asked for. As a corner, however, Lattimore is unlikely to make an IDP impact
Muhammad (6-foot-3, 253 pounds) is an edge defender who showed promise early in his Miami (FL) career before character issues derailed his college career. He was dismissed from the team for the 2016 season and didn't play elsewhere, which may have contributed to his disappointing workout numbers (4.88-second 40-yard dash).